Are you hitting the road this week? If so, there are a few weather systems that may impact your travels. The first weather maker will begin late Monday night through Wednesday. Light rain will spread into western Iowa late Monday night, with the potential for a rain snow mix across northern Iowa. As a low begins to develop across northeast Kansas by Tuesday morning, this will bring increase chances for rain and even a few rumbles of thunder by Tuesday afternoon.
Since temperatures in the state will remain above freezing during this period, most to all of the precipitation will fall as rain. The only chances for snow with this low, will be early Tuesday morning across northern Iowa, and then again late Tuesday night across northwest Iowa. Some light snowfall accumulations may be possible. If you will be traveling north into southern Minnesota or southeast South Dakota, this is where the best chance for accumulating snowfall will occur. As it stands right now, 2 to 4 inches of snowfall accumulation will be possible.
There is another system that is worth watching Wednesday night into Thursday. This could bring a shot of snow across northern Iowa to southern Minnesota. It appears to be nothing major, more of just a nuisance. The models have not been consistent with this system, so we will continue to keep an eye on it for now.
Another quick moving system will move through the state over the weekend. Once again, the majority of the precipitation will fall as rain, but a rain snow mix appears possibly by Saturday night as colder air filters into the state.
Overall, there will be no major snow storms this week in Iowa, but if you are traveling north, you will encounter some snow. The extended forecast continues to be active. Another major system appears to be possible around the 30th.